Rezvani preparing to launch Beast Coupe, rugged SUV by year end
Rezvani Motors certainly captured our attention with the Beast, a (re)bodied and reworked version of the Ariel Atom that offers ludicrous levels of performance. While the Beast may be its only product at the moment, the California-based company has no intention of remaining a one-trick pony for long. In fact it has a couple of new projects underway.
In correspondence with Autoblog, company founder Ferris Rezvani revealed plans for two new models, both of which are slated to launch before this year is out. First up will be a coupe version of the Rezvani Beast, which will further enclose the roadster with a fixed roof. Aside from the more practical bodystyle, we'd expect the Beast coupe to offer the same essential specifications as the existing open-top version, which doesn't require much in the way of improvement.
The Beast is powered by a 2.4-liter Honda four supercharged to deliver 500 horsepower. In a package weighing just 1,650 pounds, that's enough to send it ripping to 60 miles per hour in just 2.7 seconds. The company also recently announced an upgraded Beast X good for 700 horsepower and a 2.5-second 0-60 time, and we'd expect the coupe to offer that package as well.
At least as intriguing is the "ultra rugged SUV" that the company has in the works. "I can't release more information until we're closer to release mid-to-late 2016," said Ferris, declining to reveal further details. When asked if it would be based on the Ariel Nomad, he only answered that "the SUV will be based on another fully certified platform."
Ariel revealed the Nomad a little over a year ago as the off-road counterpart to the Atom. It's built around a similar tube-frame chassis to its road-going stablemate, but fitted with a long-travel suspension, big knobby tires, and other off-road goodies. Whatever Rezvani and company have in store, we're looking forward to seeing it take shape – so watch this space.